March 5, 2012 at 10:45 PMIf the rest of the world is going to go "mad" over a basketball tournament, I think we can go crazy with a violin concerto tournament!
And this is exactly what we are going to do over the next weeks. We're even going to give a cool prize to the person who most correctly guesses the outcome!
So here's how it works: Based on your suggestions, I've seeded 16 popular violin concertos into a single-elimination tournament. (I did this with the help of Robert, my statistical genius husband and also techie for V.com) This was not easy -- V.com readers suggested 92 concertos for this, and I had to narrow it down to 16! So if this list doesn't have all your favorites, please be a good sport. Also, keep in mind that this is all just a big excuse to talk about violin concertos -- to share stories, clips, favorite recordings, favorite editions, playing tips, etc.
We'll put one tournament contest up for a vote each weekday between March 12 and March 30. Each vote will be open for 24 hours, and the winning concerto in each vote will advance to the next round, until we crown a winner on Friday, March 30.
For your convenience, Robert's created a PDF print-out of the tournament bracket so you can see the match-ups.
Now let's have some additional fun with this - how about that tournament contest?
We'll give away a brand new Violinist.com music bag -- hot off the presses! -- to the reader who does the best job of predicting the tournament winners. Here's how it will work: Email me your prediction for the eight winners in round one, the four winners in round two, the two semifinalists and the tournament champion, using the tournament bracket.
We'll award one point for each correct prediction in round one, two points for each correct pick in round two, four points for round three, and six points for predicting the champion. The reader with the most points wins the bag. In case of a tie, we'll go to a random draw. Entries are due by 11pm, Pacific Time, Sunday, March 11.
Is there a way/format you would prefer our predictions to be Emailed/submitted to you?
Round 1 (8 winners)
Round 2 (4 winners)
Finalists (2 winner)
Champion (1 winner)
That's all based on this chart (http://www.violinist.com/tournament/2012bracket.pdf), which you can print out to fill out.
Find my e-mail right here: http://www.violinist.com/directory/email.cfm
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